THIS FAT OLD LADY’S ME MONDAY – TIRED TO THE BONE

Maybe I should just say sleepy because of the bones. 

Right now, I am dealing with some bone-on-bone action, which is not as hot as it sounds.

The bone on bone action is taking place at the bottom of the lumbar region of my spine (causing my back and side muscles to spasm when they (like me) have just had enough of this horseshit). 

And I’m sleepy because I am taking muscle relaxers that knock you on your ass.  (And right now I’m just on the half-dose.) 

I usually can’t take muscle relaxers because I am allergic to a bunch of them, but – my favorite doctor ever, Dr. Umphreys, took a look at my x-rays, my medical records – and has come up with a plan!  First, he found a muscle relaxer that he felt I could take – and so far, he’s right.  And second, he’d like to try spinal injections.

Ummmmm – okay?

It’s a series of three shots.  The first two are to determine if the spinal injections will actually help and then the last one is the “real” one and if it works the relief can be for months, even years.

Well, okay!  If I can get some long term relief, sign me up.

Trouble is there is a waiting period between each shot and to get them in before we hit the road for Michigan, is going to be a squeeze.  But I’m willing to try. 

I had to get an MRI – and wonder of wonders – Kaiser (San Jose) now has an MRI that I will fit in.  Luckily, I am (mostly) not claustrophobic and the noises don’t bother me.  I just laid there and tried to remember the words to Sitting Becalmed in the Lee of Cuttyhunk (the song sung during Gordon’s MRI in A New Brain, which if you really loved me, you would know because you would have come see me play the role of Mimi, Gordon’s mother, 2 years ago – just saying).

So now I’m supposed to get a call from the Kaiser Pain Clinic to set up an appointment and …. crickets. 

I did, however, get a video appointment with Physical Therapy (here we go again).  Which I agreed to because I don’t want anyone to think I’m non-compliant.  Got three new kinds of exercises which I did twice today and now my back hurts worse – but I can actually get up from a seated position without it taking at least three tries. 

So we’ll see what happens with that.

And I sent an e-mail to Dr. Umphreys about the Pain Clinic.

Ah the adventures of a fat old lady getting older; at least they are continuing.

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